PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A three-goal cushion was much easier for the Philadelphia Flyers to protect the second time around.
Jakub Voracek scored two goals and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive win at home.
Two days after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead at Washington in a 5-4 shootout loss, the Flyers held this lead against the high-powered Capitals.
"Up three, the guys talked about it and we couldn't let that happen again," said Matt Read, who had one of the five goals. "We took it as a 0-0 game, kept them on their heels. We had to do the simple things, the smart things."
Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds also had goals for the Flyers.
Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr scored for Washington.
"It's always hard to come back, especially in this building," Ovechkin said. "They got the lead with two goals and they just played safe. We had our chances but we didn't score."
Steve Mason made 24 saves for Philadelphia, which evened its record at 15-15-4. The Flyers are 12-6-4 since an embarrassing 7-0 loss at home to the Capitals on Nov. 1. They'll try to go over .500 for the first time this season Thursday night when they host Columbus.
Down 2-1, the Flyers stormed back with three straight goals, including a pair on the same power play in the second period.
First, Read scored his team-high 10th goal on a wrister to tie it at 2. Then Washington's Tom Wilson received a 5-minute major and ejection for charging. Wilson sent Brayden Schenn crashing headfirst into the boards with a hit from behind.
Schenn sustained an upper-body injury and didn't return, but the Flyers made the most of their 5-minute man advantage.
Streit fired a one-timer from the left point past goalie Braden Holtby to make it 3-2. Voracek then slid one inside the near post 72 seconds later for a 4-2 lead.